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SIX PIECES

The Enid

 

Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 75 ratings

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kurtrongey
5 stars The Enid's refined classical rock isn't for everybody. It incorporates every nuance of dynamic and rhythmic subtlety to be found in classical performance practice. It can strike some as overly mellodramatic. _Six Pieces_ is unique in their output. More than any other Enid album, it incorporates characteristic virtuoso prog (shifting time signatures, bold synth lead sounds), probably due to the substantial compositional voice of keyboard player William Gilmour. Outstanding keyboard arrangements and sensational ensemble work serve gorgeous music ranging from the wistful to the mischievous.

1. Punch and Judy Man - Contrasts masculine, ELP-esque prog rock sections with feminine late romantic lyricism. An outstanding drum performance makes this required listening for any prog drummer.

2. Once She Was... (Scarborough Fayre) - Very moving set of variations on the "Scarborough Fair" melody. Intricate and imaginative keyboard orcehstrations with echoes of Delius and Holst.

3. The Ring Master - Another prog drumming extravaganza. Playful, but not without characteristic Enid sweeping grandeur.

4. Sanctus - Includes foreshadowing of the dramatic climax still to come in "Hall of Mirrors." The final chorale theme arrangement is very satisfying.

5. Hall of Mirrors - Landmark guitar playing by Stephen Stewart in this emotive slow movement. Few times has the electric guitar reached the level of ecstasy it achieves here.

6. The Dreamer - Begins with an extemporized evocation of a dream world, then broad melodies and a climax reminiscent of the band's signature tune from 1975, "Fand."

kurtrongey | 5/5 |

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